Russian warships joined the conflict in Syria with a volley of cruise missile attacks on Islamic State as Syrian government troops launched a major ground offensive supported by Moscow air strikes.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told Vladimir Putin in televised remarks that four ships based 900 miles away in the Caspian Sea had launched 26 'Sizzler' missiles - and claimed they would strike 11 ISIS targets.
Video released by the Russian Defence Ministry shows the warships launching the missiles which Shoigu insisted destroyed all the targets and did not hit any civilian areas.
Moscow's defence ministry said the attacks were launched from warships Dagestan, Uglich, Grad Sviyazhsk and Veliky Ustyug.
The cruise missiles, each costing hundreds of thousands of pounds, 'engaged all the assigned targets successfully and with high accuracy' said one Russian media report, giving no further details.
The missiles fly at 550mph and have a range of more than 1,500 miles.
The attacks came as Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive Wednesday in the country's central region under cover of Russian airstrikes, a Damascus official said.
The latest developments – exactly a week after Russia began launching airstrikes in Syria – add a new layer to the fray in the complex war that has torn this Mideast country apart since 2011.
Moscow has mainly targeted central and northwestern Syria, strategic regions that are the gateway to President Bashar Assad's strongholds in Damascus, and along the Mediterranean coast.
But the strikes appear to have given Assad new confidence to try to retake some lost ground. (Daily Mail)
THE RUSSIANS HAVE SHOWN THERE IS NO ASYLUM TO TERRORIST SCUMBAGS AS THE WEST DOES. HARBOURING AND ALSO TRAINING THEM WHEN IT SUITS. THE THING THEY NEVER LEARN FROM HISTORY IS THAT THESE MONSTERS THEY CREATE ALWAYS BITE THEIR ARSES. WEVE SEEN THAT IN IDI AMIN AND THE MUHAJADEEN.WELL DONE RUSSIA. ROOT THESE FILTH OUT OF THIS PLANET WITH ALL THOSE WHO AID THEM
Dee Friday, 09 October 2015 11:00 PM
Eliminate the reproductory syatem first. Else the more you hit the more they multiply . think basic like in a ant colony.
Indika Friday, 09 October 2015 05:38 PM
Testing weapon capabilities... via DM Android App
NA Friday, 09 October 2015 04:58 PM
The 2001 NATO(ok, ok, lets say it was the US ) led invasion of Iraq triggered the whole blood bath. At that time the deposed Egyptian president Mubarak said that the invasion would open the gates of hell. He was 100% correct. While west is accusing Russia of all atrocities every time it involves in any conflict, they conveniently forgets the 1.5 million people who lost their lives directly due to the invasion of Iraq alone. That is only the tip of the iceberg. Take a look at Libya, there is no news coming from that part of the world lately. There is blood bath on the streets of Libya on daily basis.... All the Western media have been advised not to report on Libya which is now becoming a failed state. That is how NATO and its allies are playing their war games. Apart from the NATO, CNN and BBC fuel the so called Arab spring further and they are all part and parcel of the conspiracy. It is about time some body disband NATO for greater good of the world.
sss Friday, 09 October 2015 03:05 PM
some of them went off course
shamon Friday, 09 October 2015 02:46 PM
well done Russia and shame for USA and its Arab stooges via DM Android App
Caution Friday, 09 October 2015 12:06 PM
But then again, many analysts have condemned this move. In fact Russian intrusion in Syria plays to the propaganda of ISIS.
Huna Friday, 09 October 2015 11:11 AM
All hail Putin!!! ,the Terrorists have stared running for their lives and their handlers are worried ,just listen to the whining of John McCain
Leo Friday, 09 October 2015 10:40 AM
Viva la Russia via DM Android App
Rasheed Friday, 09 October 2015 10:33 AM
Russian are genuine, it is US who sponsor terrorism, ISIS is backed by US to topple Azad. If Russians had done like this against Irag and Libya, it would have saved many civilians life.
Rashantha Thursday, 08 October 2015 09:53 PM
Finally- someone is doing something positive. All the BS that is going on needs to stop. The US could have done this months ago, instead of supporting other terrorist groups opposed to Assad. Assad may be a tyrant but it is for the Syrians to decide what to do with him and not for outsiders. Well done, Russia! Make the ISIS run.
Martin Milton Friday, 09 October 2015 09:18 AM
WAY TO GO!! MM
saman Friday, 09 October 2015 08:29 AM
Death to the terrorists and their supporters no matter where they live!
Sapu Friday, 09 October 2015 08:01 AM
Sri Lanka should join a separate UN force and join the fight too
SL Friday, 09 October 2015 07:59 AM
well done Putin,send all medieval age - ISIS and other Islamic extremist terrorizing the whole human race to hell
ranjit demel Friday, 09 October 2015 07:01 AM
Russia as well as usa have self interest,but the difference is usa creats problrms instead of solving problems.
Harith Friday, 09 October 2015 03:05 AM
After supporting Sri Lanka to defeat the LTTE the entire world (excluding the terrorist and their supporters) is counting on Russia and China to eradicate ISIS from the world.
Dee Thursday, 08 October 2015 11:17 PM
Wilbert Thursday, 08 October 2015 10:02 PM
Well done Putin and Russia. You and China must play a major role to make the world equal for all.
Mendis Thursday, 08 October 2015 09:59 PM
This is one lesson the US should learn from the Russians. They mean business when it comes to terrorism.
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